As a number of soccer teams in NCAA have already realized, Georgetown men’s soccer tri-captain, Eric Kvello can carry his team to victory with his outstanding offensive ability. Yet he achieves his success without saying a word, speaking solely through his actions. Kvello’s latest goal-scoring barrage came [against Syracuse on Oct. 18](, as he recorded his second hat trick of the season, including the game-winning goal in overtime. For this performance, and a goal [against St. John’s on October 16](, the senior attacker was honored as the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. “I think I just found myself in good spots,” said Kvello about his three-goal performance. “It seemed like.they just forgot about me all three times.” Apparently, it is easy to forget about last year’s Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Year – Kvello has eleven goals this season, while dishing out nine assists, and currently ranks second place among Georgetown’s all-time scoring leaders, behind Ben McNight. With his quiet personality, Kvello’s style of play is unique among the top players in the nation; yet he is able to lead a team as well as any captain. He does not celebrate his goals in the arrogant manner which may be witnessed at Virginia, nor does he argue with officials or allow opponents to get under his skin. As said by a number of his teammates, including Head Coach Keith Tabatznik, Kvello is “a leader by example.” “I think everybody that’s in a leadership role has their own way of.getting the other players to play at their best,” Tabatznik said. “Without question, Eric does that by example – which is the most important way to do it.” Kvello, who admits that his role as a captain is voiced through his actions, has proven that he has more than just a nose for the net. As expected, every opponent has tightly defended him this year, usually out-manning the striker with more than one defender. Although limiting the ease with which he scores, the double teams do not reduce the Kvello’s effectiveness. “If there are two guys on me, someone else is always open,” he said. “I think our team has really stepped it up this year and other guys have been contributing with goals.” Kvello’s previous Player of the Week honors came after [wins over West Virginia]( and [Pittsburgh](, two games in which he did not score a goal. He did, however, assist on four of the five goals scored in the two games. “The good thing about Eric is that even when he hasn’t been scoring, he’s still been part of the goals,” noted Tabatznik. “He’s been getting assists.” As he is often forced to settle with creating opportunities, rather than scoring goals, Kvello has proven that he has the versatility to play at the next level. Said Tabatznik: “He’s certainly got the.athletic and technical ability to move on..I don’t think [Major League Soccer] is out of the question for Eric.” Kvello expresses interest in playing at a higher level, but he commented, “I haven’t really thought about it that much. I kind of want to focus on the season right now. . . .We have a good chance of going into the Big East tournament and winning [it].” According to Tabatznik, “Yes, Eric is relatively quiet, and when he does say something it really does mean a lot. But in the four years that he’s been here, I can’t remember a time in a practice or a game that he hasn’t given everything he’s got.” As long as Eric Kvello is on the field for the Georgetown Hoyas, he will assist the team in victory in his own, quiet way. And unless his opponents tie bells to his shoelaces, they may never know what hit them.

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